If you read yesterday’s post you already know yesterday my youngest who currently has the flu and I spent the day watching Christmas home videos and I made some ornaments.
These ornaments were inspired by projects I seen on the facebook group Glue Gun Groupies and fellow bloggers here.
On the Facebook group I seen hand painted envelopes, and here I saw hand painted tags and I thought wow such talent! I did some painting of my own for tags and such but I painted it once and scanned it to make the tags and cards.
I thought to myself how cute would all of them be hand painted, but knew I didn’t have the energy or talent to do that, but I thought well maybe just a few for ornaments.
I looked in my craft closet for supplies, I had decided simple snowmen faces, and I love snowmen, at first I didn’t think about longevity for them, was just going to give them a try and use them on the tree for this year.
As I was looking at card stock, construction paper, kraft paper, even paper bags, the large piece of denim I purchased at value village during a 50% off sale for a few dollars had to be moved out of the way, and then it dawned on me, forget tags, paint right on this denim some how, after all I had tons and then the ornaments will hopefully last the years.
I decided to cut circles out of the denim, I used a bread crumb container and traced it onto a cereal box to make my template ( fancy I know), then I traced 12 circles onto the denim, they would make 6 ornaments, plenty, and I’ll probably fudge them anyhow, so I thought.
Once all the circles were cut out I placed 2 together wrong sides facing eachother and simply sewed around the edge with black thread. No need to worry about them being perfectly cut or lined up, simply trim them after you sew them.
I ironed them once they were sewn as well as once I painted the white on, and a bit dry, I’d say 30 mins or so. I placed a piece of paper on top of the painted side and pressed them with my iron, they go nice and flat and I find the paint helps to stiffen them.
To paint the white on I used regular acrylic craft paint ( mines from the dollar store) and a regular household sponge cut down small, sponged on the paint liberally but not sopping wet.
Once they were pressed and completely dry I used a small tipped brush to hand paint on the noses in a rust orange and then the tip of a paint brush to dab the eyes and mouth on, really simple and I was so impressed with myself and them I made 6 more later in the day. To hang them I used a yarn needle and threaded it with cotton kitchen twine and put it through the tops of the ornaments.
I’ve named these painting pants snowmen, they remind me of paint stained jeans, you know the ones crafters have specifically for painting, or if you are like me you have several because you go to “just touch up” a project and next thing you know you have added to your painting wardrobe. So if you don’t have a roll of denim like I do to make these grab a pair of your old painting jeans or some from the thrift store, they are snowmen so they can be displayed all winter long, and work up so quickly you have plenty of time to get some on your tree as well.
The second ornament I made wasn’t completely inspired by a bloggers post but her post inspired me to go back to the one I had made a few months ago but just didn’t know where I’d use them so I didn’t make more. Here you can see her cute versions of mini wreaths and next year I am setting out to make more for the tree, I only made 7 of these ones.
We purchased a new artificial tree this year and so I have been up cycling the old one into various projects. The “trunk” had this thin garland wrapped around it and so I thought to make little wreaths, which I glued crocheted flowers to it I made out of embroidery floss ( a bag I picked up somewhere, I believe a friends mom passed them on to me awhile back) I looked at it and thought so cute but were can I even use these? The first little wreath sat in my craft closet all alone until yesterday when I pulled it and the remainder of the garland out, made more flowers and made 6 more wreaths, I turned them into ornaments by looping some ribbon to them. I think they may need a little more but that will have to come next year I think.
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